Racism Is So Utterly Ridiculous By Jessica Ann Mitchell
In less than the span of a month citizens of the U.S.A. have endured multiple deadly public shootings. These horrific acts of violence took the lives of innocent people who were living their daily lives until they ended up in the wrong place at the wrong time. One of the latest massacres occurred in Wisconsin where a gunman with a 9 mm semiautomatic handgun walked into a Sikh Temple on their day of worship and went on a shooting spree, shooting at men, women and children in the congregation. Six people were killed.
The murderer, Wade Michael Page, was a white supremacist that often hung up swastikas and Nazi paraphernalia. Additionally, he spent is days singing about how much he hates non-whites. But low and behold, when the cameras started running and the tv analysts began to talk with “acquaintances” of Page about this brutal murder, what did they say?
“He was a nice guy.” CNN
“He always seemed happy and smiling.” CNN
“What could have made him snap?” CNN
“Police are still looking for a possible motive.”MSNBC
“Hate Rock groups lure in veterans.” MSNBC
I wanted to throw my shoe at the television screen. I was outraged, but not surprised. When an Arab person commits an atrocity like this, before any investigation takes place it is promoted as an act of terrorism. When a Black person is suspected of committing a crime, it is promoted as “Gang” or “Drug” affiliated before any investigation takes place. But when a white male goes on a shooting spree for the world to see, people somehow find a way to say something good about him. The newscasters stumble upon their words and can hardly bring themselves to say what is the glaring truth to the rest of us. He Was A Terrorist. This Is An Act of Terrorism.
They even went as far as trying to break down his mental state. MSNBC brought on a former hate group member that started saying he joined a hate group because of his sad childhood. That’s when I really had enough. So now they’re making excuses for a murderer. Not just any murderer, but a known white supremacist. He was so well known that civil rights organization, Southern Poverty Law Center had been tracking him for over ten years. But were the police tracking him? No. The B.S. that he might have been lured in because of his rough past is overwhelming.
If so called Muslim Terrorists and Black Criminals do not get this same “psycho” analysis, why are they doing it for this bottom barrel hideous murderer, Wade Michael Page? I’ll tell you why. It is because America still refuses to believe that white men are capable of acts of terrorism. They don’t want to believe it because it would force them to be held accountable. It would also force America to come to grips with the overwhelming truth. Criminal behavior is not racially based. The fact that people of color have been arrested for crimes means nothing because the police are not stalking and paying the same amount of attention to white communities. Thus, we have this current situation where Wade Michael Page can be a member of a hate group, openly sing hateful lyrics, express his deep disdain for anyone non-white to hate group scholars and is still free to roam free with no surveillance murdering 6 innocent people. And they are still “looking” for a motive.
Racism is so utterly ridiculous.
Jessica Ann Mitchell has a M.S. in Public Relations and a M.A. in Pan-African Studies. Mitchell specializes in multicultural outreach and communications. She also writes on her personal blog at OurLegaci.com. To reach JAM email her at info@OurLegaci.com.
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